Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My attempts to save money with my attic)

First let me say that winter is in full effect here in Philadelphia. The summer is gone and colder temperatures have already set in. My house is a stone one level ranch house and in the past few years the heating bills have been extremely high. That’s because the insulation in the attic is old and most of it has fallen down. I called several heating companies to see what can be done about it, and they quoted me some very high prices for dealing with it (One estimate was $5,000 dollars). I then contacted several other experts who then informed me that insulating the house was a fairly easy procedure that I could actually do myself. Now I am on a mission to prove them “right.” I donned my mask, my glasses and bio hazard suit and went into the attic to see if I can accomplish insulating my attic in hopes of saving me $5,000 dollars. So far I have managed to take the insulation down (not all of it, because there is a ton of it up there) and now I will measure space between the wood beams to see if I can apply the insulation. I did have one mishap already. The other day I stepped on the wrong spot and my right leg went through the ceiling. Luckily for me I managed to hold up and didn’t fall all the way through. I probably should have quit at that moment but now I am more determined than ever. Either this thing will happen or I will end up in the hospital from trying my best. I have “never” done house fixing work of this significance before. It is ugly up there in the attic, and not a great place to stand or breathe. I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I will do my best to be careful and do things correctly. I have watched several videos on insulation to help me and I have people to contact in case of any confusion. If this works I will “gladly” let you know. I have to believe in myself enough to make this happen. Yes, this is psychological for me. I will feel extremely satisfied if this is completed to success. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Chuck Jackson (“Any Day now”) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Things you might want to ponder)

I realize that life is special. I also realize that we often take things in life for granted. In fact, we are so ingrained in life that we tend to neglect the things that should matter to us. Have you ever noticed that young babies need adult supervision to survive? Of course, babies cannot live without the help of someone old enough to support the child. However, when you think of how life actually began can you incorporate this logic? If the development of man began from infancy, then who was around to help raise the child during the origin of human life? Did the child raise itself? Also, women have been enduring pain during childbirth for many years (and for many it has not gotten easier or less painful). Through evolution shouldn’t it be a much easier and simpler task for women to give birth? Why is it still such a rough ordeal for them? If you follow the principle of evolution and believe in it, then why do most of us still have a little toe? It is not used for much of anything, yet it has not gone away through evolution. Why is that? What about the economic system we all live in? Who invented money? Who initiated language, and how did it manage to become so different in other parts of the world? Just because we can use language to communicate, does that mean that we can declare our lives more valuable than those animals who cannot speak? Mice can formulate thoughts, as evidenced through their fear whenever they run from you. The same can be said for bugs or any other type of living creatures. We often kill them without even thinking that they value their lives as much as we value ours. Why can’t men treat their women better? The human race cannot possibly survive without them, and yet some men can be very disrespectful and abusive when it comes to women. We can also be that way when it comes to other men. We claim to be the ultimate higher form of life, and yet many of us can be more barbaric then some of the lowest form of animals. What does war actually accomplish? We send people to fight strangers who value their lives as much as we do. When someone loses his or her life does that automatically resolve the rationale for starting the war in the first place? I have come to the conclusion that life is purplex and often unfair for many people. When we try to understand life it sometimes adds to more confusion. The Bible explains a lot but there are different books with different messages to promote the word of God (or whatever name others use for the superior being). Who is to say that one person’s religion is better than the next person’s? Since it is so difficult to explain the concept of life maybe we ought to just try to live it as best as we can. Most of us know right from wrong, but we still end up doing wrong at one point or another in life. No one is perfect, and maybe that is the underlying concept behind life after all… Figuring it out doesn’t make life better, but figuring our how you live your live can result in a better quality. Make the most… of who and what you are…. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Aretha Franklin with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What to make of Jerry Springer)

Whether you liked him or abhorred him, Jerry Springer was always best known for being successful. He had a trash show that people loved to watch (if you could view most of it between all the censored moments). Jerry’s show actually brought reality and some fake-ness together. At first his show seemed to be all about real people with real issues, but as the years rolled on you could tell that someone  made him modify and tone down his show (and this took some of the sting out of it). Regardless, Jerry lasted for years and in this business that is remarkable. I just heard that Jerry is coming back to television (his show had finally been cancelled) and he is about to start something new entitled “Judge Jerry.” For those who would like a little more information here is the article:

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2018/11/26/jerry-springer-segues-from-trashy-talk-to-judge-jerry/23601144/

I believe you can check out the Jerry Springer show “uncensored” online which should show you a lot of the moments that were edited out of public view. Steve Wilkos was a bouncer on Jerry’s program but managed to evolve into his own platform with a serious show with him as the host. Even though I believe there are still some staged moments of his show I like this as well. I believe Jerry produces his show. I have no idea if Springer is going to be serious or act the fool with this new program, but I applaud his ability to re-invent himself for television.  I wish him much success and we will see how this pans out. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Vintage picture with Holly Robinson-Peete and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Habits)

This may not be what you think. I have been wondering how people will actually do any holiday shopping this year. Usually most would head out to the malls and look for the items they want. However, I am hearing that a lot of people will simply get their gifts from online this year. If that were to happen what kind of outcome would that be for the malls? Would it mark for a significant fade out from them? I realize that certain traditions will change over time. Technology can make things easier for a lot of folk and if that change is more convenient then you can’t blame people for switching over.  I was never much of a mall person anyway. I think the only times I usually go are during the holidays (or if one of my kids asked to be dropped off there). Is the mall on it’s way out? I just looked online and came across this startling article:

Shopping malls on their way out, closing at alarming rates

I am “generationally challenged.” I know how to work a lot of gadgets but I can’t seem to master “the phone.” My kids have to help me with that. For most of my life I have been accustomed to traveling out to the mall, the long lines, the tiredness and the frustration. This is really different for me. I will do my best to not get thrown off by change. If I need to switch to online shopping, then I guess I will have my kids help me get through it. I don’t know if this is more significant for our changing values or the fact that I am simply getting old. I will let you know how well I handle this. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to  offer.

Singers Anthony Hamilton, Bill Withers (center) and his daughter in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Hope your day is great today)

Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. It is a holiday that has not been tainted with any type of negativity (so far). It is a day where we give thanks for the blessings that we have in our lives. I would like to wish you all a happy holiday (or a good day if you don’t celebrate). Hope your day is awesome. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Chubby Checker (The Twist) and Brett Jolly

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (forgotten hit songs)

I have no idea “what” ever happened to these guys. This song was actually very popular for a minute and then these guys seemed to disappear right after that. Except for the picture I don’t even know what they looked like. To be truthful this tune is kind of crazy and off, but that didn’t stop it from being a hit. Maybe they had other hit tunes around the world, but here in the United States their fame was “very'” temporary. Let’s see if you can remember this song. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (When people take advantage of the good nature of others)

Recently here in Philadelphia we had a good natured story about a woman who ran out of gas, a homeless man who gave his last $20 to help her, and her boyfriend. They initiated a Gofundme page to help the kind hearted homeless man, and the page generated over $400 thousand dollars. It was a great story about charitable generosity with one small problem: The whole story was a hoax. Now all 3 face charges of theft by deception (and probably other charges as well). If convicted, each could get 5 to 10 years in jail. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, here is the article link:

http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/kate-mcclure-johnny-bobbitt-jr-gofundme-scam-mark-damico-phone-call-20181119.html

The biggest problem I have with this story is that it diminishes the good nature of a Gofundme page (constructed to help those in need). Now people will be less willing to contribute to the page because the story might be a fraud. To my understanding the woman involved in this case is claiming that she was an unwilling and unwitting participant in this case and that the other 2 were the true conspirators of this scam. Considering the fact that she sent text messages to people to show her involvement and her own mother advised her that committing a fraud will get you jail time should be enough to show her involvement in the case. When society gets to the point where we can no longer trust in good natured stories then what is left for us to trust in? On the surface this sounded like a heart warming story that made you want to contribute money. In the end it sounded like just another tale of deception. I can understand this very well. Even if it is just a little bit, I often try to give money to those on the street struggling to make ends meet. I realize that some of these people are cons. However, it is not up to me to judge their circumstances (unless, of course, it is plainly obvious to see). I have caught scam artists in lies before and once I found out they got no money from me. I just don’t want their actions to stop me from giving. There are people out there who really deserve help. I don’t want to stop giving just because bad people took advantage of me. Hopefully you understand where I am coming from. Your good nature is based on what’s inside of you.  It would be great if we all could give to people less fortunate then us. I hope you never let the bad intentions of others hinder you from helping those who truly are in need. If there is a lesson to be learned from this, I am not sure of what it is, but I will continue to believe in the good of people for as long as I can. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brother Bill Jolly, Bon Jovi and Brett Jolly

Bon Jovi, Bill and Brett